Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
LaVergne , Tennessee
Survivor cars are desirable for a couple of reasons. They are the way they are because they have earned their patina along the way. This '70 model is among the last of the Vettes with chrome bumpers at both ends and the side pipes on this one are an extra treat. Check it out.
The paint on this car is most likely the original coat from 1970 with the weathered look of the Marlboro Man to it, which is fitting because it is paint code 975 Marlboro Maroon. Up front a pencil thin chrome bumper sits over and eggcrate grill also trimmed in chrome. The fenders were flared a bit more this year adding to the muscular look and the air vents in the front fenders echo the pattern of the grill. The rocker panel is trimmed in chrome in more ways than one. First with the body trim and then with the side pipes. Removable T-roof panels offer the option of open-air motoring for the nice summer days coming up. The sail panels extend back from the roof flowing smoothly together with the rear fenders and back to the integrated spoiler at the rear. The split chrome rear bumper looks great and Corvette is lettered between the four round taillights.
Open the door and you will find a Black survivor interior. Like the rest of the car, it is good solid base to work from if you wanted to spruce it up, or just jump in and drive it like it is. It's whatever your urges and desires are. If your urge is to just jump in and drive it, there is a beefy three-spoke steering wheel that feels good in your hands with a white shift ball for the 4-speed manual transmission just a flick of the wrist away. There is a 160 MPH speedo because the feds hadn't mandated the ridiculous ones that only went to 85 yet, and a tach that redlines at 6,000 RPM. At the top of the center console are the engine gauges and below it an FM/Cassette stereo. In the console just behind the shifter is a plaque with the bragging rights of the engine. So, settle down in those well-worn seats and get ready to see what those numbers feel like through the seat of your pants.
Under the hood you will find that engine which is a numbers matching unit. It is right in character with the rest of the car as far as appearance, however, this motor did receive some nice maintenance with all new seals recently installed throughout. A chrome air filter assembly sits on top of a Rochester Quadrajet carburetor and feeds the stock intake and cylinder heads. Finned aluminum valve covers look great and help a bit with oil cooling. Hooker headers get the spent gasses out to those awesome side pipes, so this engine might actually make more power than the 350HP and 380 lbs-ft of torque advertised on that plaque inside. Power flows back through a new clutch and pressure plate installed while they were doing the seals, then through that 4-speed trans to the rear end which was a posi unit as standard equipment starting in 1970. The rubber meets the road through 225/70R15 BFGoodrich Radial T/As at all four corners mounted on steel wheels with trim rings and center caps.
This is a nice, solid, numbers matching Vette with fresh seals and a new clutch. Come on down and check it out.